We will be having the Merritt Island III shoot during the period of 2/7/06 – 2/13/06. The shoot will include a number of the best wildlife shooting locations on and around Florida’s Space Coast. This is a prime time of the year to shoot in the area as the migratory birds are present and the rookeries are just beginning to become active. Some of the birds shot at past shoot includes but not limited to: herons (great blues, tri-colors, little blues, greens, and night herons); egrets (greats, snowys, cattle, and the uncommon reddish egret); limpkins; ibis (white & glossy); anhinga and cormorants; ospreys; crested caracaras, bald eagles, hawks (broad-winger and red-shouldered), terns, ducks (black-bellied whistling ducks, blue winged teals, mallards, northern shovelers, grebes), stilts, yellow legs, shrikes, killdeers, pelicans, roseate spoonbills, sandpipers. The shooting locations that I have checked out so far include: The Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge (Blackpoint Drive) http://www.nbbd.com/godo/minwr/ The Viera Wetlands http://spacecoastbirding.com/#viera Sebastian Inlet http://www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/default.cfm The Blue Heron Wetlands http://spacecoastbirding.com/#heron The rookery at The Alligator Farm in St. Augustine http://www.alligatorfarm.com/ Also under consideration are The Orlando Wetlands http://spacecoastbirding.com/#wetlands Pelican Island http://www.fws.gov/pelicanisland/ The rookery at The Gator Farm in Orlando This is a great opportunity to meet with other photographers and shoot in some of the best wildlife locations on Florida’s Atlantic coast. The best airport to arrive at is the Orlando Internatonal Airport. It’s about a 45 minute drive from there to Melbourne. There is a closer airport in Melbourne itself but fares into Melbourne are usually much higher than flights into Orlando. I will be arranging group rates with one of the local hotels/ motels in the next two weeks. I would expect the room rate to be around $55-$60/night. Everybody who has attended one of the shoots in this are in the past had had a great time and has returned home with some incredible photographs. Here are some links to my own galleries from past shoots: http://behret.smugmug.com/gallery/578649 http://www.pbase.com/hpb/nikon_forum_shoot If you wish to attend PM me or post here. I will be providing updated information on the shoot as I get more info.